Chasing the Penguins of Boulder’s Beach in Cape Town

Imagine sitting beside cute little penguins while getting a charge out of the sound of beach waves. Yes, it doesn’t get any better than that.

To be honest, I wasn’t excited that much. We just decided to make it the first thing to do on a hot Tuesday morning as it is said to be the only place in the world where you can get close to African Penguins and a must do if you’re visiting. And as someone who is foreign to the land, I just had to check it out myself and find out if the experience really is that astounding.

As we were staying in Kalk Bay, it took us about 20 minutes by car to get to Simon’s town.


Our day started with a little breakfast at Cafe Penguino. Nothing fancy but the food served was fairly good. Moving on, if you are taking a car with you, parking should be not a problem as there is a large parking space for free but don’t forget that you are in a tipping nation so you basically have to give any amount you wish to the attendant.

Heading off to the beach, you’ll be welcomed by rock formations along the coast and, if you’re lucky enough, you’ll start seeing penguins lurking around. The view was really breathtaking though. The beach is clean and safe and it surprised me to see how it wasn’t that crowded.


There is actually a viewpoint that takes you closer to more penguins which costs R65 but we decided not to go as we were already lucky to have gotten close to penguins.

Boulder’s beach is a great spot for a leisurely picnic or you can just chill out and watch penguins.

I can say that you definitely shouldn’t miss visiting Boulder’s Beach – just plan your visit as a stop off on your way to the Cape of Good Hope.

Getting there:

  1. By Car
  2. If you’re taking a public transport, just get off at Simon’s Town and you’ll have a scenic train ride along the Kalk Bay coastline. From Simon’s Town station, it’s roughly a 30-minute walk or just catch a taxi.



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